Lewis: Is looking forward to death morbid?

November 7, 2013
Today's edition of "What C.S. Lewis said."

Today’s edition of “What C.S. Lewis said.”

Here’s a reflection on Philippians 1:21 from The C.S. Lewis Bible, from a letter Lewis wrote in 1959:

What a state we have got into when we can’t say “I’ll be happy when God calls me” without being afraid one will be thought “morbid.” After all, St. Paul said just the same. If we really believe what we say we believe—if we really think that home is elsewhere and that this life is a “wandering to find home,” why should we not look forward to the arrival. There are, aren’t there, only three things we can do about death: to desire it, to fear it, or to ignore it. The third alternative, which is the one the modern world calls “healthy” is surely the most uneasy and precarious of all.[†]

C.S. Lewis in The C.S. Lewis Bible, NRSV (New York: HarperOne, 2010), 1342.

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